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1 review | 14 people love this record: be the 15th! If one thing in life is dependable it’s...my cat...oh and the Pop Ambient compilations. They must have been doing these for...oh how many years? As I said in a previous review you can start to measure your life out in them. And then the whole thing becomes very depressing indeed.Despite all that, they are always a good listen and can open your ears up to all kinds of new ambient sounds, usua ... »

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14 people love this record. Be the 15th!
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 January 2013

If one thing in life is dependable it’s...my cat...oh and the Pop Ambient compilations. They must have been doing these for...oh how many years? As I said in a previous review you can start to measure your life out in them. And then the whole thing becomes very depressing indeed.

Despite all that, they are always a good listen and can open your ears up to all kinds of new ambient sounds, usually from arty european cities and most likely one of them will be by Wolfgang Voigt. In fact the track list reads like a whose who of bleak European composers, Michael Mayer, Jens-Uwe Beyer, Marsen Jules, Mikkel Metal (NOT Metal Mickey), Anton Kubinov and a bit of the old Leandro Fresco. The sound throughout is of warm digital compositions, sometimes quite isolationist so its nice when something with a bit of melody such as Triola’s ‘Jean Vigo’ comes into earshot with its lovely soft chord progressions. A lot of the other compositions are dark, bleak affairs, a little more variation would be nice - their 2009 compilation had lots of light and shade but since then they have erred toward darkness. and this is no different.


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